Cold Silk Road

Opportunities provided by the Northern Sea Route

Today, it is the shortest route for transportation of goods between Europe and the Russian Far East, Japan, and China. And according to climatologists, the ocean’s ice cover in this region will decrease by 45% only by 2030. Presumably. This is the new reality.

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation:

“The Northern Sea Route will be the key to the development of the Russian Arctic and the Far East regions. By 2025, its traffic will increase tenfold, to 80 million tons. Our goal is to make it a truly global, competitive transport route.”

27 000 000 km2

Total area of the Arctic regions of our planet. This territory is divided into five sectors of responsibility between the US, Russia, Norway, Canada, and Denmark.

9 000 000 km2

Total area of the Russian part of the Arctic

+7 °C
is average air temperature along the Northern Sea Route during summer months

Peoples of the regions

North of the Arctic Circle

4 000 000 people

live in the regions North of the Arctic Circle worldwide.

2 331 000 people

live in the Russian Polar territories (1.6% of the total population of the country).

0,1—0,2 person per 1 sq.km—

the average population density in the Russian Arctic,

0,03person per 1 sq. km —

the average population density in the foreign Arctic regions.

8 Ice-breakers are performing vessels pilotage along the NSR

Atomic

“50 let Pobedy” (displacement: 25,840 tonnes, power capacity: 75,000 hp)

“Yamal” (displacement: 23,460 tonnes, power capacity: 72,000 hp)

“Taymyr” (displacement: 20,000 tonnes, power capacity: 50,000 hp)

“Vaygach” (displacement: 20,791 tonnes, power capacity: 50,000 hp)

Diesel-electric

“Admiral Makarov” (displacement: 20,247 tonnes, power capacity: 36,000 hp)

“Krasin” (displacement: 20,247 tonnes, power capacity: 36,000 hp)

“Kapitan Khlebnikov” (displacement: 12,290 tonnes, power capacity: 24,000 hp)

“Kapitan Dranitsyn” (displacement: 14,790 tonnes, power capacity: 24,000 hp)

To see the infographics, please check the source of publication on p. 78. 

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